Thank the heavens above that the 2010 congressional election is OVER.
The campaign for the local representative to Congress was pretty nasty, and both sides each inundated me with 8-10 pieces of campaign mail and another 8-10 telephone calls daily. Not to mention the canvassers knocking on my front door. Or the pollsters wanting to know which way I intended to vote. Oh, yes, and there is the street litter of political signs with the candidates’ names on them that probably will take several days to get cleaned up and the endless, repetitive smear commercials on virtually every t.v. program I watch (BORing).
The telephone calls woke me up in the morning. They interrupted me constantly during the day. I even got two calls (one from each party) within an hour of the polls closing, telling me it wasn’t too late to get out and vote. Well, I wanted to vote and did so several hours earlier, so I wound up screaming at both callers. Unfortunately, they were live callers.
Let’s see, now, for specifics. I got telephone calls from both candidates for representative, one U.S. Vice President, one once-famous singer (if I had to get one from the entertainment industry, why couldn’t it have been a cute, 50-year younger man?), a nurse telling me why she was voting for the Republican, and one from a house wife telling me she ordinarily votes Democratic and supports abortion rights but is voting Republican this time because…. In addition, there were calls from various party headquarters, interest groups, and whatever-organizations. All of these were recorded, of course worthy only of an immediate hang-up. The sheer quantity of calls, IMHO, constituted harassment.
I must have collected an extra 15 pounds of recyclable trash that I had to carry out to the curb for trash collection.
Hey, Democrat Party movers and shakers – and you Republican rattlers and rollers. Do you really think I appreciate a recorded call from Pat Boone? Or the Vice President? Or any other not-famous people with names who call to urge me to vote against the Republican crook who committed fraud in his business or the Democratic big spender who will put my children into debt for the next 14 generations? Do you really think I don’t read the newspapers? Or maybe both sides are right and I have to choose between a fiscal idiot and a crook.
It wasn’t a tough decision. I voted for the man whose over-zealous campaigners made 4 fewer phone calls.